One of my absolute favorite things is getting an inside look at the products, books, podcasts, charities, etc. that bloggers use and love. I have a running list on my phone of blogger–recommended items to try throughout the year. This summer, I introduced a new series to ElizabethMae called Currently Crushing. Each week, different women will share their must-haves, must-reads, must-dos with you. Keep reading for the five things Olivia Sod, blogger at The DIY Feminist is loving this month. *This post contains affiliate links.
If you haven’t watched the hilarious Netflix show, Big Mouth, then you’re missing out! It’s the only adult cartoon I’ve ever enjoyed, and that’s because it’s so perfectly funny and surprisingly accurate. The show follows a couple of key characters as they go through puberty–with their own personal hormone monster to show them the way. Honestly, I watched the second episode (when the female lead gets her first period) and couldn’t believe how accurately middle school it was. It’s funny, feminist, and totally original–I promise this show will have you laughing and happy you’re not in middle school anymore!
Life is tough, but I’m tougher
This phrase has gotten my family and me through some incredibly tough times. When one of my cousins, Kayla, was in college, she was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. Throughout her battle, she never lost her positive spirit or big smile. This phrase, Life is tough, but I’m tougher, became her motto throughout her journey. She was never hopeless, resentful, or upset –all she had was light and positivity. Unfortunately, she passed a couple years ago. Her birthday is in September, so I’ve been thinking of her motto more and more. It helped me get through these last 3 years, which have been tough, and I’m sure it’ll get me through many more. If you need an extra dose of inspiration or some encouragement through a tough time, I hope you think of this phrase too–because you really are tougher than whatever it is life is throwing at you.
One of the things Kayla and I shared was our mutual love of Taylor Swift (we went to her last 2 concerts together), so this month my boyfriend and I are going to see her Reputation concert in New Orleans! I’m so excited–I’ve never been to NOLA and I’m in LOVE with this album, so I know it’ll be a great trip! This month I’ve been listening to Reputation almost nonstop to prepare, and I’m sure I’ll do the same after too!
October is, by far, my favorite month: It’s my birthday month, the weather is nearly perfect, and, of course, Halloween! This month, I’ve already started brainstorming and creating some feminist Halloween costume tutorials for my blog and figuring out what my boyfriend and I will be dressing up as (truth be told we’re leaning towards funny, plush onesies, because comfort). I’m also starting to decorate my apartment for the fall/Halloween because a major upside to living in my own apartment is decorating for the holidays! In reality, I’m just trying to kill time until I can decorate for CHRISTMAS, because that’s my all-time favorite holiday.
Stand your ground: Black bodies and the Justice of God
Have you ever read a book that completely altered your worldview? That’s what Stand your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas did for me. The book aims to answer the question, Where was God the night Trayvon Martin was killed? by exploring the histories of whiteness, blackness, and our societal construction of God, and then working its way to the modern day implications of the stand your ground era. It’s definitely a heavy read, but well worth it–I can’t overstate how much this book completely changed my perspective. I highly recommend diving into it and learning an entirely new point of view!
That concludes Vol. 10 of Currently Crushing. Check back next week for all the best in products, TV, reading, etc.